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Who is John Terry?

John George Terry, who was born on 7 December 1980, is an English professional football manager and former player. Terry was recently captain of Chelsea, the England national team and Aston Villa. John was most recently the assistant manager at the latter. Regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world at his peak, John is considered to be one of the greatest centre-backs of his generation, as well as one of the best English and Premier League centre-backs ever. John is the London club’s most successful captain, during his 19 years with Chelsea, Terry led them to 5 Premier League trophies, 4 FA Cups, 3 League Cups, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League trophy. John is one of five footballers to have played over 500 games for the Blues and is also the London club’s all-time highest scoring centre-back. In 2007, John became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in the Blues’ 1–0 victory over Man United, and also the first footballer to score an international goal there, scoring a header in the Three Lions’ 1–1 draw with Brazil. In his final campaign at Stamford Bridge in 2017, Terry became the first-ever footballer to captain a club to the Premier League trophy on five occasions. John played his debut game for the Three Lions in summer 2003 with Serbia and Montenegro. Terry’s main central defensive partner had been Rio Ferdinand. John played for England at Euro 2004, and the coach Sven-Goran Eriksson stated that he was the first-choice centre-back, ahead of Sol Campbell. Terry has cemented his place in the Three Lions squad by being selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In summer 2006, Steve McClaren named John as the Three Lions captain, succeeding David Beckham. In summer 2007, John became the first footballer in the senior England squad to score an international goal at the new Wembley Stadium when Terry scored the Three Lions’ goal from a header in the box after a free-kick cross by David Beckham in a 1–1 draw with Brazil.

All you need to know about John Terry’s manager career

In October 2018, John was appointed assistant manager of Aston Villa, with newly appointed Dean Smith as manager. In July 2021, John departed Aston Villa after three years at the Villa Park, in which the Lions achieved promotion and consolidated their place in the Premier League. Terry described Dean Smith as a great influence on his coaching career.